Marines dead, missing in crash
One US marine has been killed and rescue teams are searching for five others after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan.
Japanese and US officials have so far found two of the seven marines who were aboard the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and KC-130 Hercules, which crashed during a refuelling exercise on Thursday.
“One of the recovered marines is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel,” the Marine Corps said.
US President Donald Trump expressed gratitude to Japan for its quick assistance with search and rescue efforts.
The incident occurred about 2am local time, about 320km off the Japanese coast.
A US Navy P-8A patrol and surveillance aircraft were helping in search and rescue efforts along with Japanese authorities.